Extending the limits of nature : political animals, artefacts, and social institutions
Toivanen, J. (2020). Extending the limits of nature : political animals, artefacts, and social institutions. Philosophical Readings, 12(1), 35-44. https://virgo.unive.it/ojs2/index.php/phr/article/view/140
Published inPhilosophical Readings
© Author, 2020
This essay discusses how medieval authors from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries dealt with a philosophical problem that social institutions pose for the Aristotelian dichotomy between natural and artificial entities. It is argued that marriage, political community, and language provided a particular challenge for the conception that things which are designed by human beings are artefacts. Medieval philosophers based their arguments for the naturalness of social institutions on the anthropological view that human beings are political animals by nature, but this strategy required rethinking the borderline between nature and art. The limits of nature were extended, as social institutions were considered to be natural even though they are in many ways similar to artificial products.
PublisherUniversità Ca’ Foscari
Aristoteles Tuomas Akvinolainen poliittinen eläin political animal political community marriage language artefact Aristotle Thomas Aquinas Nicholas of Vaudémont medieval commentaries on Aristotle. sosiaaliset instituutiot avioliitto luonto keskiajan filosofia aristotelismi ihmiskuva ihminen kieli ja kielet poliittiset instituutiot
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research post as Academy Research Fellow, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis research was funded by the Academy of Finland and Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Medieval Commentators on Simultaneous Perception : An Edition of Commentaries on Aristotle's De sensu et sensato 7 Toivanen, Juhana (Koebenhavns Universitet, Saxo-Institutet, 2021)
Kotkavirta, Jussi (Jyväskylän yliopisto, 1996)
Adiputri, Ratih (Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies, 2019)This paper introduces the challenges of studying parliamentary institutions in Southeast Asia. My focus of research is in three countries’ institutions: national parliaments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. While in ...
McDermott, Liisa (2011)The intent of this research was to find out what is the state of Finnish energy policy when reviewing it from the vantage point of biogas as a motor vehicle fuel. It seemed, according to previous research, that Finnish ...
Kietäväinen-Sirén, Hanna (University of Jyväskylä, 2015)